el·​der·​care | \ ˈel-dər-ˌker How to pronounce eldercare (audio) \
variants: or elder care

Definition of eldercare

: the care of older adults and especially the care of an older parent by a son or daughter

Examples of eldercare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At nursing homes across California, little oversight and few penalties by state and county health departments — and a lack of testing and supplies — are driving the spread of the virus, say eldercare experts and advocates for residents. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus deaths at nursing homes like San Miguel in Concord driven by poor oversight," 23 June 2020 Every day, the number of deaths from Covid-19 in eldercare homes continues to climb around the globe. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Banning family at senior care homes has removed a layer of protection and care," 29 Apr. 2020 Families need to think through these decisions carefully, said Dr. Joanne Lynn, policy analyst of the program to improve eldercare at Altarum Institute, a research organization. Judith Graham, CNN, "Banned from nursing homes, families need to know if their loves ones are safe," 1 May 2020 The state has launched a hotline and website to provide eldercare assistance: 833-544-2374. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 30-31," 24 Apr. 2020 The fallout from inadequate information can be seen not just in Tulare, but in nursing homes and eldercare facilities around the state. Los Angeles Times, "So much is unknown about the pandemic because the government keeps a lid on it," 15 Apr. 2020 For employees, the company is expanding childcare and eldercare benefits, covering the cost of co-pays for virtual doctor visits, and giving complimentary meals. Fortune, "How Fortune 500 companies are utilizing their resources and expertise during the coronavirus pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 The state has launched a hotline and website to provide eldercare assistance: 833-544-2374. SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus live updates: Record number of Californians seek unemployment insurance," 31 Mar. 2020 Other eldercare options in the U.S.—which include adult day cares, paid in-home care, and unpaid care from family members or friends—together make up a fragmented and unreliable system. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "America’s Eldercare System Is a Tinderbox," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of eldercare

1960, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jul 2020

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“Eldercare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eldercare. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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el·​der·​care | \ ˈel-dər-ˌka(ə)r, -ˌke(ə)r How to pronounce eldercare (audio) \

Medical Definition of eldercare

: the care of older persons and especially the care of an older parent by a son or daughter

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